I got into the Midori Traveler’s Notebook world when it was mentioned in the Hobonichi Users FB group. I was intrigued by the many praises people have given on it being customizable, ringless and very good leather quality. I went to Kinokuniya in end April but did not find any. Then I saw someone in Singapore posting a MTN buy from NBC. So one fine Saturday morning, I went to the Raffles City branch and found a wide selection of MTN products. I got to touch and feel the Notebook before deciding to buy one. I went around the shop first ogled at all the Filofaxes they have inside a glass display. Then I checked out the small MT washi tape collection they have on display. And then I went back to the front of the shop where they have the MTN’s and grabbed the brown regular size,a few inserts, the kraft file and the 4-pc connecting bands.
As my purchase was over S$100, I got a free lifetime NBC membership which entitles me to a 10% discount. And a 20% discount during my birthday week! Couldn’t wait to go home and open up my purchases, so I opened it while waiting for my family at the mall. The leather does smell so good! But it was a bit strong. It was in perfect condition but after bringing it for a few days inside my bag without a protective cover, it had a lot of indentations from the keys and pens roaming around in my bag! Was a bit sad for awhile because of the ugly scars on the front and back side. But after a while I gradually accepted that it was still beautiful. So I brought it along with me when I was reading the Marie Kondo book. Currently, I have not been using it as I have finished reading the book. I have asked my 11 yo daughter to use it and she filled the other insert with quotes which I will share in another post soon.